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LVI Associates: Your Premier Talent Partner for Building Diagnostics Talent

Facing an aging infrastructure and a tight talent pool, the Civil Engineering industry requires approximately 25,000 new engineers annually. It's estimated that various infrastructure investments will create over 800,000 job openings by the middle of the decade. LVI Associates specializes in sourcing top-tier talent in the Civil sector, including highway, road, and bridge projects. We help businesses meet their workforce needs efficiently, keeping pace with transformations in the industry.

With over 15 years of dedicated experience in talent acquisition for Civil professionals, we promise excellent results in hiring, onboarding, and retention. If you're looking to refine your recruitment strategies, remain competitive with data-driven salary and benefits insights, and keep pace with industry advancements, we invite you to request a call back today. Alternatively, submit a job specification to hasten your search for niche experts.

Whether you're seeking world-class Civil talent or are an industry professional considering new career opportunities, LVI Associates is your dependable partner. Our dedicated team thrives on supplying top-tier talent, including Senior Project Managers, Senior Water Resource Engineers, and more.

Benefits of working with LVI Associates

At LVI Associates, our Civil Engineering team takes pride in laying solid foundations in the built world. We constantly explore new design methods, cutting-edge technology, and sustainable practices. The demand for these skills is soaring as industries recognize the importance of efficient and sustainable Civil projects. Trends such as growing populations, urbanization, and the necessity for robust infrastructure to withstand unpredictable weather patterns are fueling this demand.

Whether you urgently need to fill critical Civil Engineering roles or are seeking the right talent for your long-term plans, we have the expertise and resources to deliver outstanding results. When you collaborate with LVI Associates' Civil team, you can expect the following benefits:

Experience

We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner in theCivil sector

Network

A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working worldwide acrossCivil

Knowledge

Our award-winning Civil talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Take the first step in overcoming your talent shortage by completing our form. Our dedicated team awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can effectively partner with your organization to fulfill your hiring needs.

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Civil Jobs

Civil professionals will be pivotal as infrastructural demands continue to surge. Companies are consistently exploring innovative solutions for infrastructural challenges and investment in the sector is increasing, so partnering with a talent specialist who understands the Civil landscape could propel your career to new heights. Browse through ou rcurrent career opportunities or submit your CV/resume, and one of our consultants will reach out when a job that aligns with your profile becomes available.

Superintendent

**Job Title: Heavy Civil Superintendent** **Location:** Various locations in Ohio (within 0-3 hours from each office) **Company:** Our client is a prominent heavy civil construction company with a significant presence in Ohio. Their projects encompass sitework/excavation, underground utilities, concrete foundations/paving, and more. They are dedicated to excellence, safety, and delivering high-quality projects that make a lasting impact on communities. **Position Overview:** Our client is seeking experienced Foremen and Superintendents with 5-10+ years of experience in heavy civil construction. The ideal candidates will have a proven track record of success on multi-million dollar projects and a strong understanding of construction practices and techniques. **Responsibilities:** - Oversee all aspects of construction projects, including scheduling, budgeting, and quality control - Coordinate with project managers, engineers, and subcontractors to ensure project milestones are met - Ensure compliance with all safety and environmental regulations - Manage and mentor field personnel **Qualifications:** - 5-10+ years of experience in heavy civil construction - Experience on multi-million dollar projects - Strong leadership and communication skills - DOT experience is a plus **Benefits:** - Competitive salary (depending on experience, $100k to $140k) - Great benefits package - Tight-knit family culture - Complex project backlog **How to Apply:** Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your experience to [email address]. Local candidates or candidates open to relocating to Ohio are preferred over historic travelers. **Note:** This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

US$90000 - US$140000 per year
Ohio
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Director of Engineering - Land Development

Job Description We have a current opportunity for a Director of Engineering on a permanent basis. The office is based in Fairfax County, VA for a growing firm with an already strong presence in the DMV area. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a dynamic team, across diverse disciplines, giving you exposure to a wide variety of projects in size and scope. Their past and present clients include residential, commercial, industrial, hospitality, and institutional clients from throughout the United States. Essential Duties: * Lead a team of professionals to develop site/civil engineering plans and specifications for a multitude of small, medium, and large land development projects * Review client proposals, plan project procedures, staffing, and resources. * Develop project proposals, work plan, budget, and schedule. * Act as primary contact between firm and client, with senior staff support. * Monitor project status, adherence to standards, and prepare reports. * Provide mentorship to senior project managers. * Develop site/civil engineering plans and specifications for a variety of projects including large-scale industrial developments, corporate/commercial, residential, institutional, hospitality, health care, parks and recreation and various other types of public and private site development. * Responsible for project financial performance and client relations * Verbal presentation and representation of projects * General Requirements * Detail-oriented, versatile, and enthusiastic. * Handle multiple projects, work independently. * Proven record of strong business development, building and maintain strong Client relationships, strategic planning, and pursuits * Highly Proficient in the following: AutoCAD Civil 3D, Microsoft Project, MS Office. ArcGIS skills highly desirable * Skills to implement the integrated services approach. Comprehensive understanding of design, details, and construction drawing preparation including site layout, grading, hardscape, drainage, and planting. Required Skills: * Licensed Land Development PE with a thorough understanding of discipline-specific principles and practices. * 11+ years of increasing engineering experience on complex projects and team management * Strong organizational skills required to undertake multiple projects or facets of various projects * Strong project coordination and project management skills * Strong team collaboration skills and proven record of building and managing the team of land development engineers, planners, and landscape architects * Comfortable in coordinating input from various organizations for public/private collaboration, including multi-discipline project efforts working with allied professionals such as architects, civil engineers, and planners * Experience in developing and compiling/producing site plans, construction documents, specification, and engineering reports For further information about this position please apply

US$170000 - US$250000 per annum + Healthcare, 401K, Bonus, Ownership
Fairfax
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Heavy Civil and/ or Water Treatment Project Manager - Seattle

Position: Heavy Civil and/or Water Treatment Project Manager Location: Seattle, WA Salary: $140,000- $180,000 + Bonus(s) Overview: This leading general contractor is seeking an experienced Project Manager specializing in Heavy Civil and/or Water Treatment projects to join their esteemed team in Seattle, WA. This role will oversee the planning, execution, and completion of complex construction projects, ensuring they are delivered safely, on schedule, and within budget. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, technical expertise, and a proven track record of successful project management in the construction industry. Responsibilities: Lead and manage all phases of the project lifecycle from initiation to closeout, ensuring adherence to project plans, schedules, and budgets. Coordinate and collaborate with project stakeholders, including engineers, subcontractors, suppliers, and regulatory agencies. Develop and maintain project documentation, including contracts, change orders, and progress reports. Implement and enforce safety protocols and quality control measures to achieve project objectives. Monitor and control project financials, including budgeting, forecasting, and cost tracking. Resolve project issues, conflicts, and disputes in a timely and effective manner. Communicate regularly with clients to provide project updates and address concerns. Experience Needed: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or related field. Minimum of 7 years of experience in project management, specifically in Heavy Civil and/or Water Treatment projects. Proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently with varying complexities. Extensive knowledge of construction methods, materials, and equipment. Experience with project scheduling software (e.g., Primavera, Microsoft Project). Strong understanding of regulatory requirements and environmental considerations in construction. Qualifications: Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to foster a collaborative and inclusive team environment. Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities. Commitment to safety, quality, and client satisfaction. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Performance-based bonuses and incentives. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans. Company vehicle and gas card. Retirement savings plan with employer match. Generous paid time off and holidays. Professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Employee wellness programs and resources. Dynamic and supportive work environment with opportunities for career growth. Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications, relevant experience, and career achievements. They look forward to reviewing your application and discussing how you can contribute to their team's success in delivering outstanding construction projects in the Seattle area.

US$140000 - US$180000 per year
Seattle
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Heavy Civil Estimator- Seattle, WA or Tacoma, WA

Position: Heavy Civil Estimator Location: Seattle or Tacoma, WA Salary: $140,000-$160,000 + Bonus(s) Overview: This general contractor is seeking a meticulous and experienced Heavy Civil Estimator to join their team in Seattle or Tacoma, WA. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in estimating for heavy civil construction projects, including roads, bridges, utilities, and earthwork. This role requires a keen attention to detail, analytical proficiency, and the ability to collaborate effectively with project teams and subcontractors. Responsibilities: Prepare accurate and detailed cost estimates for heavy civil construction projects, including materials, labor, equipment, and subcontractor costs. Review project plans, specifications, and other documents to determine scope of work and required resources. Conduct quantity take-offs and cost analysis to support bid proposals. Collaborate with project managers, engineers, and subcontractors to gather necessary information for bid submissions. Evaluate subcontractor and supplier quotes to ensure competitive pricing and compliance with project requirements. Develop and maintain relationships with subcontractors, suppliers, and industry professionals. Present estimates and proposals to senior management and participate in bid review meetings. Experience Needed: Minimum of 5 years of experience as an Estimator in heavy civil construction projects. Proficiency in estimating software (e.g., HCSS HeavyBid, B2W Estimate, Bluebeam). Thorough understanding of construction methods, materials, and equipment used in heavy civil projects. Experience with bid analysis, subcontractor negotiations, and cost tracking. Ability to interpret construction drawings, specifications, and technical documents. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or related field (preferred). Strong mathematical and analytical skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy and quality. Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a deadline-driven environment. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Performance-based bonuses and incentives. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans. Company vehicle or gas card. Retirement savings plan with employer match. Paid time off, including vacation and holidays. Professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Collaborative and inclusive work environment. Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications, relevant experience in heavy civil estimating, and career achievements. They look forward to reviewing your application and discussing how you can contribute to their team's success in delivering exceptional projects in the Seattle or Tacoma area.

US$140000 - US$160000 per year
Seattle
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Heavy Civil Field Engineer- Seattle, WA

Position: Heavy Civil Field Engineer Location: Seattle, WA Salary: $90,000- $110,000 + Bonus(s) Overview: This leading national General Contractor is seeking a skilled Heavy Civil Field Engineer to join their dynamic team in Seattle, WA. As a Field Engineer, you will play a crucial role in overseeing and coordinating various aspects of heavy civil construction projects, ensuring they are completed safely, on time, and within budget. This position offers an excellent opportunity for growth and professional development within a leading national general contractor. Responsibilities: Manage daily field operations, including coordinating subcontractors, suppliers, and field staff. Perform quality control inspections and ensure compliance with project specifications and safety standards. Interpret construction drawings and specifications to assist in planning and executing construction activities. Assist in scheduling, budgeting, and forecasting project costs and timelines. Collaborate with project managers, engineers, and superintendents to resolve technical issues and ensure project goals are met. Prepare and maintain accurate documentation of field activities, including daily reports, progress photos, and as-built drawings. Implement and enforce company policies and procedures related to safety and quality assurance. Experience Needed: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or related field. Minimum of 1 year of experience in heavy civil construction projects. Hands-on experience with earthwork, utilities, paving, and/or bridge construction. Proficiency in construction management software (e.g., Procore, Primavera, AutoCAD). Strong understanding of construction methods, materials, and equipment. Knowledge of relevant regulations, codes, and standards. Qualifications: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities. Commitment to safety and quality. Benefits: Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans. Company vehicle and gas card. Retirement savings plan with company match. Paid time off, including vacation and holidays. Professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Collaborative and inclusive work environment. Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications and experience. They look forward to reviewing your application and discussing how you can contribute to their team's success in delivering exceptional projects.

US$90000 - US$110000 per year
Seattle
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Heavy Civil Senior Estimator

Position: Senior Estimator - Heavy Civil Location: Raleigh, NC Salary: $100,000 - $150,000 + Bonus Company Overview: Our client is a premier leader in the heavy civil construction industry, renowned for delivering superior infrastructure projects in the greater Research Triangle Area. With a steadfast commitment to quality, safety, and innovation, they specialize in large-scale projects that shape communities and drive progress. We are currently seeking a dedicated Senior Estimator with extensive experience in heavy civil construction to join our esteemed team. Job Description: As a Senior Estimator specializing in heavy civil projects, you will be instrumental in the pre-construction phase, responsible for accurate and comprehensive cost estimates for a variety of infrastructure projects. Your expertise in analyzing project specifications, conducting thorough site evaluations, and collaborating with subcontractors and suppliers will ensure that our bids are competitive and aligned with project requirements. You will work closely with project management and engineering teams to develop strategies that optimize project success and client satisfaction. Key Responsibilities: Utilize your in-depth knowledge of heavy civil construction methods, materials, and equipment to prepare detailed and precise cost estimates. Review project plans, drawings, and specifications to identify project scope, requirements, and potential challenges. Conduct site visits and assessments to gather essential data and assess project conditions. Solicit bids from subcontractors and suppliers, evaluate proposals, and negotiate pricing to achieve cost-effective solutions. Collaborate effectively with project managers, engineers, and clients to clarify project expectations and ensure alignment throughout the estimating process. Present estimates, proposals, and supporting documentation to clients, demonstrating thorough analysis and understanding of project needs. Maintain strong relationships with subcontractors, suppliers, and industry professionals to enhance competitiveness and project execution. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or related field preferred. Minimum of 5 years of experience as an Estimator in heavy civil construction, with demonstrated proficiency in estimating large-scale projects. Experience with preparing bids for NCDOT and site civil construction projects is highly preferred Strong proficiency in estimating software (e.g., HCSS HeavyBid, B2W, Agtek, etc.) and Microsoft Office Suite. Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to interpret complex project requirements and specifications. Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to build and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment while managing multiple projects simultaneously. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and expertise. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance. Retirement savings plan with company match. Paid time off, holidays, and opportunities for professional development. Significant opportunities for career advancement at a steadily growing and reputable construction company. Join Our Team: Our client is committed to excellence, integrity, and fostering a culture of innovation in heavy civil construction. If you are a seasoned Senior Estimator seeking to make a significant impact and contribute to the success of transformative infrastructure projects, we invite you to apply. Join our team and be part of a company that values your skills, experience, and dedication.

US$100000 - US$150000 per year
Raleigh
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Heavy Civil and/ or Industrial Estimator- Vancouver, WA

Position: Heavy Civil and/ or Industrial Estimator Location: Vancouver, WA Salary: $140,000-$160,000 + Bonus(s) and Ownership Potential Overview: This General Contractor is seeking an experienced Estimator to join their team in Vancouver, WA. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in estimating for heavy civil and/or industrial construction projects. This role requires meticulous attention to detail, excellent analytical skills, and the ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities: Prepare accurate and timely cost estimates for heavy civil and/or industrial projects, including materials, labor, and equipment costs. Analyze project plans, specifications, and requirements to develop detailed estimates. Collaborate with project managers, engineers, subcontractors, and suppliers to gather necessary information for bids. Evaluate subcontractor and supplier quotes to ensure competitive pricing. Review project scope and contracts to identify potential risks and opportunities. Present estimates and proposals to senior management and clients. Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, estimating software, and best practices. Experience Needed: Minimum of 5 years of experience as an Estimator in heavy civil and/or industrial construction projects. Proficiency in estimating software (e.g., HCSS HeavyBid). Strong understanding of construction methods, materials, and equipment. Experience with bid analysis, subcontractor negotiations, and cost tracking. Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications. Excellent mathematical and analytical skills. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related field (preferred). Proven track record of successfully bidding and winning projects. Ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance. Company vehicle and gas card. Retirement savings plan with employer match. Paid time off and holidays. Professional development opportunities. Collaborative and inclusive work environment. Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications and experience. They look forward to reviewing your application and discussing how you can contribute to their team.

US$140000 - US$160000 per year
Vancouver
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Vice President of Construction Management & Inspection

Vice President of Construction Management & Inspection Location: DC, Tysons Corner, or Richmond Are you a seasoned professional with an extensive background in the transportation sector, particularly within construction management and inspection? If so, we are seeking a Vice President who can bring expertise to our client's team based out of Washington DC. Key Responsibilities: - Supervise CM staff, attend progress meetings, and coordinate between field inspectors and other related parties - Collaborate with the Marketing and Pursuits Team to research and pursue new opportunities - Schedule regular project meetings - Foster relationships across various stakeholders including government entities and subcontractors. - Occasional travel for projects or client meetings Qualifications: -B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering -P.E. in DC -10+ years of construction management experience in Virginia, Maryland, or DC -Exceptional leadership skills -Strong oral and written communication skills -Ability and desire to operate professionally in a team environment -Experience working DOT projects Benefits : -Competitive salary and benefits -401k Match -Discretionary annual merit-based bonus and annual raise -Strong medical, vision, and dental insurance -Commuter subsidy benefit

US$180000 - US$220000 per annum
District of Columbia
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Survey Manager

A national ENR Top 500 Design Firm is seeking an experienced and highly skilled Survey Manager to join its team in Denver, CO. The Survey Manager will be responsible for overseeing the direction, coordination, implementation, execution, quality assurance/quality control, and completion of survey projects within our private development and public infrastructure markets. Key Responsibilities: Lead the planning and implementation of survey projects, monitoring operational effectiveness throughout. Serve as the subject matter expert for survey-related activities, including construction staking, topographic surveying, platting, legal description writing, boundary analysis, and legal principles. Collaborate with Project Managers to define project tasks, schedules, and resource requirements. Evaluate project budgets and analyze project profitability, revenue, margins, billing rates, and utilization in conjunction with Project Managers. Ensure compliance with and enforce company standards, policies, and procedures. Engage in the continual improvement process and formal knowledge transfer/lessons learned. Participate in the quality service/client feedback process, including soliciting feedback, following up, and documenting it in the system. Conduct team meetings with project staff to evaluate and coordinate project activities. Stay current on service-specific trends, technology, software, hardware, and equipment. Provide day-to-day guidance and mentoring to project team members as needed. Oversee quality control and quality assurance related to survey activities on each project. Ensure that division, regional, and company policies and practices are consistently followed within the survey service. Lead by example, demonstrating solid judgment, good values, trust, honesty, openness, and professionalism. Qualifications: Professional Survey License in Colorado (additional states preferred). Bachelor's degree preferred with a minimum of 8 years of experience in a consulting business. Extensive multi-discipline experience with a strong understanding of commercial, residential, and public infrastructure markets and projects. Effective verbal communication skills and the ability to exercise independent judgment. Proven leadership and supervisory skills. Ability to handle multiple priorities and projects efficiently. Apply today for more information!!

US$85000 - US$120000 per annum
Denver
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Lead Structural Designer - Bridges & Buildings

A global civil consulting firm is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Lead Structural Designer to join its team in Albuquerque, NM. This role offers hybrid work flexibility, allowing you to work both remotely and in the Albuquerque office. As a Lead Structural Designer, you will be responsible for leading the design and development of structural plans for bridge and building projects, ensuring they meet all safety, quality, and regulatory standards. Key Responsibilities: Lead the structural design process for bridge and building projects from conception through completion. Collaborate with project managers, engineers, and other stakeholders to develop and refine project scopes, budgets, and schedules. Create detailed structural drawings, specifications, and models using industry-standard software such as AutoCAD, Revit, and other BIM tools. Perform structural analysis and calculations to ensure the integrity and safety of designs. Review and approve design documents, ensuring compliance with all relevant codes, standards, and regulations. Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior designers and engineers. Coordinate with contractors, clients, and regulatory agencies to address design-related issues and ensure successful project execution. Stay current with industry trends, technologies, and best practices to continuously improve design processes and outcomes. Qualifications: Education: High School Diploma Experience with NMDOT design standards and practices is preferred Minimum of 5 years of experience in structural design, with a focus on bridge and building projects. Proficiency in design software such as AutoCAD, Revit, and other BIM tools. Strong knowledge of structural analysis software (e.g., SAP2000, ETABS, STAAD.Pro). Comprehensive understanding of relevant codes, standards, and regulations (e.g., AASHTO, AISC, IBC). Excellent communication, leadership, and project management skills. Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail. Apply today for more information!

US$72000 - US$115000 per annum
Albuquerque
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Geotechnical Branch Manager

Geotechnical Branch Manager - in NC We are seeking an experienced Geotechnical Branch Manager for our established client based in Charlotte. This permanent position offers a unique opportunity to showcase your leadership skills and manage large scale projects across NC. The company currently has 12 offices in NC and is expanding at a rapid rate. The ideal candidate will have strong experience overseeing P&L, leading teams with precision, and driving business growth within the geotechnical sector. As part of this role, you'll be instrumental in forging paths forward for both complex technical challenges as well as strategic organizational development. Key Responsibilities: Balance your time between branch management and active project participation. Mentor and manage all branch staff. Taking the lead on local business development and growth opportunities. Implement company policies and ensure compliance with legislative requirements. Identify and manage health, safety, and environmental hazards associated with our work. Collaborating with our business development manager to forecast future work. Lead local business development initiatives, tenders, and proposals. Manage branch resources for sustainable growth. Cultivate positive relationships with stakeholders. Set and monitor branch financial targets. Lead quarterly branch performance. Qualification Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on geotechnical engineering preferred (MS Preferred) Professional Engineer (PE) license required A minimum of 15 years of experience in the geotechnical field Project experience must include site development, foundations, retaining walls, and pavements - cradle to grave. This pivotal role demands someone who can balance robust engineering knowledge alongside keen managerial expertise - looking for new challenges and opportunities.

Company car,medical insurance,pension
North Carolina
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Geotechnical Project manager/engineer

We are partnered with an established engineering firm in North Carolina who are currently seeking a geotechnical engineer / project manager/ CMT Project level engineers to assist with their backlog of projects across NC. They got 4 offices across Charlotte and Raleigh, and have been a key figure in geotechnical, environmental and material testing services for around 30 years and continuing their success - shown by their recent growth. Key Responsibilities: Site Investigation: Conduct detailed site investigations, including soil sampling, testing, and analysis. Geotechnical Design: Perform design and analysis for foundations, retaining walls, slopes, and other geotechnical structures. Technical Reporting: Prepare clear and detailed geotechnical reports and documentation. Client Interaction: Communicate effectively with clients, providing expert advice and solutions tailored to their needs. Project Support: Assist in the planning and execution of geotechnical projects, ensuring they meet quality, safety, and budgetary standards. Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's or Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a related field. Experience: 4+ years of experience in geotechnical engineering. Technical Skills: Proficiency in geotechnical software and analysis tools. Certifications: PE license or the ability to obtain one within a year. Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills. Benefits: Competitive salary Bonus 401K Hybrid Working Health Insurance Apply now with your updated resume and we will reach out for an introduction call!

Negotiable
North Carolina
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Addressing Australia's Engineering Talent Shortage: Practical Approaches

The shortage of skilled engineers in Australia is a pressing concern shared by everyone involved in infrastructure development. This deficit is hampering the country's ability to execute crucial infrastructure projects effectively. KPMG's Annual Leadership Survey underscores a major worry among leaders, with up to 77% losing sleep over the challenge of finding the right talent. Similarly, a report by Professionals Australia titled “Engineering a Better Future” estimates a shortfall of 200,000 engineering professionals. Elizabeth Pugh, Associate Director at LVI Associates Australia, shares her insights on this engineering profession gap and delves into how organisations can overcome it by leveraging international talent. Read about her observations below:There's a general consensus that international engineers play a crucial role in bridging the immediate skill gap. However, the focus on nurturing local talent through education and enhancing the profession's appeal is equally important for long-term solutions. The debate intensifies around optimally utilising overseas talent, with barriers still in place. Dr. Maryam Raji from Melbourne University's Faculty of Business and Economics emphasises the need for educational reforms and increased professional attractiveness to develop local talent. She refers to Engineering Australia’s report to the Department of Home Affairs, which reveals that 70% of engineers in Australia are international-born, yet many are either unemployed or not working in their field. My experience as a professional services engineering recruiter in Australia confirms this. Frequently, international engineers with extensive global experience are overlooked due to their lack of familiarity with Australian building codes and regulations. Common reasons for rejection include: Time constraints: Firms often lack the time to train new hires on local regulations due to pressing project deadlines.Fear of talent loss: Concerns that trained engineers might leave for competitors.Negative assumptions: Doubts about international engineers' ability to adapt to local market regulations.As a practical and business-oriented manager, I understand these concerns, but it's clear that Australia could better leverage international engineering talent. A national, or even organisational-wide, integrated strategy could help to address these challenges.Solutions include:Conversion courses: Creating a mandatory framework for educating and testing experienced engineers on Australian building and regulatory requirements, similar to initiatives in healthcare and legal sectors.Positive workplace culture for retention: Ensuring a supportive work environment is essential for retaining all employees, regardless of their origin.Dispelling myths: Recognising the value of international engineers who have successfully adapted and contributed in various countries, including Australia.In short, there are likely many other viable solutions to this persistent and growing issue. What other strategies could effectively address Australia's engineering talent gap? My team and I at LVI Associates welcome any additional insights or suggestions, and if you are facing challenges attracting top talent, please do not hesitate to get in touch.​​Elizabeth PughAssociate Director - AustraliaAssociate Director - Elizabeth, heads up the Australian and Southeast Asian Engineering talent space. She and her team are well-versed in the nuanced requirements of the region and are well-equipped to help organisations across all parts of engineering businesses. LVI Associates' proven track record in connecting talented individuals with outstanding organisations ensures that we help you source the best talent available. Start a conversation about your talent needs today.REQUEST A CALL BACK

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Overcoming Australia's Infrastructure Talent Shortage: Tips from Expert Consultants

​In a highly competitive job market, attracting and retaining top talent is a critical challenge for companies operating in Australia's infrastructure, water, transport, and environmental sectors. The skills shortages in these fields have left businesses struggling to find and secure the right talent to meet their needs. To address this issue, we recently hosted a webinar featuring expert consultants from these markets, who shared their tips and advice on how companies can attract and retain top talent in the world of infrastructure engineering. Understanding the Talent ShortageThe talent shortage in the Australian infrastructure industry is a pressing concern. Companies often face challenges in attracting and retaining high-caliber talent. This is where employer branding comes into play. To stand out from the competition, businesses must focus on showcasing their culture, values, work environment, career development opportunities, and more. Several strategies have proven effective in establishing a compelling employer brand:Job Ads and Online Presence:Generic job advertisements are no longer sufficient. Today's top talent seeks more than just a job description. They want to learn about the company's culture, benefits like flexible working arrangements, and past successful projects.Social Media and LinkedIn:In the modern job market, an online presence is everything. Candidates research companies on platforms like LinkedIn to understand the company's reputation, culture, and what current and past employees say about it.Showcase More Than Your Business:Highlighting industry leaders, community engagement, and partnerships with educational institutions can make your company more attractive to candidates.Attracting Talent During InterviewsCandidates often speak with multiple companies simultaneously, so making your company stand out during the interview process is crucial. Here's how you can achieve this:Tailor the Role:Tailoring the job description to fit the candidate's unique skills and motivations can set your company apart from the competition.Show Diversity and Inclusion:Emphasise diversity and inclusion practices in your job advertisements. Make sure your job descriptions are gender-neutral and explain how employees benefit from the company's practices.Clear Career Progression:Discuss and put in writing the career advancement opportunities your company offers. Candidates are looking for clear paths for career progression.Attractive Offers Beyond SalaryWhile salary is essential, companies can also attract candidates with other benefits. Here are some creative ways companies are making their total compensation packages more appealing:Equity and Shares:Offering shares or equity can entice candidates to stay with your company for the long term.Performance-Based Reviews:Consider guaranteeing salary reviews based on performance, skill acquisition, or other key factors.Sign-on Bonuses:A sign-on bonus as part of the initial offer can make the opportunity more enticing.Flexibility:Highlight any flexible working arrangements and benefits that improve work-life balance in your offer.Career Development:Offer candidates opportunities for career advancement and learning and development.Post-Offer ConsiderationsThe job isn't done once the candidate accepts the offer. To ensure they stay engaged and committed, consider onboarding processes that involve your existing team and provide flexibility. Keep in touch with the candidate until their start date.Australia's infrastructure and related markets are facing a talent shortage, but there are creative strategies to attract and retain the right professionals. Companies can succeed by focusing on employer branding, offering attractive benefits beyond salary, and providing clear career progression paths. To navigate the competitive job market successfully, remember that the candidate's journey extends beyond the offer acceptance. To watch the webinar recording, clickhere.Get in TouchIf you have further questions or need additional insights, feel free to reach out to our expert panel. We hope you found these tips and advice valuable in addressing the talent shortage in the Australian engineering market. ​Elizabeth PughSenior Vice President(Head of Australia)Milan VidanovicAssociate Vice President(Environmental)Laura Chan Principal Consultant(Water)Chantel LiSenior Consultant(Transport)Request a call back >> Revisit the webinar recording

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Webinar Recording: Overcoming Australia's Infrastructure Talent Shortage

​Australia is facing a critical infrastructure talent shortage, with many businesses struggling to find the talent they need. This webinar provides hiring managers with practical tips on how to attract, interview, and hire the best talent for their infrastructure projects.

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Navigating Talent Shortages in Australia's Booming Infrastructure Sector

​Australia is experiencing an unprecedented infrastructure boom, driven by substantial investments in the country's development. Over the next five years, Australia is set to receive an astonishing USD 218 billion in infrastructure investment. The government's commitment to the AUD 120 billion Infrastructure Investment Program, which has grown exponentially over the past decade, underscores its dedication to fostering infrastructure development.The future of transport infrastructure in Australia also holds promising opportunities for professionals in the sector, with a steady stream of projects and career growth potential. However, as the industry flourishes, it faces a critical challenge: talent shortages in infrastructure that threaten to impede progress.​Civil Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Structural Engineers are in DemandThe signs of talent shortages in the infrastructure sector are increasingly evident, with demand reaching unprecedented levels. According to the Infrastructure Australia 'Infrastructure Workforce Skills Supply' report, the country is projected to face a shortage of 105,000 unfilled roles this year, translating to a staggering 48% shortage in demand. This scarcity of talent puts around 34 out of 50 occupations within the industry at risk of significant shortfalls, further exacerbating the challenges faced by businesses seeking skilled workers.Among the in-demand occupations are Civil Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Structural Engineers, whose expertise is highly sought after. However, as the transport construction market in Australia continues to thrive, the demand for specialized roles like Procurement and Project Management is also on the rise. The landscape of the industry is rapidly evolving, necessitating professionals to possess diverse skill sets and adaptability to meet the dynamic requirements of the sector.​

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APAC LVI Associates Salary Guide 2023: Civil

Delve into the latest insights of the Civil engineering industry with our comprehensive Salary Guide for 2023. Discover the salary trends, compensation expectations, and career motivations that shape this dynamic sector. Here are some of the interesting findings:Below average on parental leave | One third of engineering professionals in the Australian transport sector have received 14-20 days of parental leave.Desire to learn | The lack of learning and development is the second push factor for water professionals in Australia. Bonus Season in Singapore | A high percentage of Singaporean water industry respondents received both bonuses and salary increments within the last 12 months across our surveyed groups. Seventy-seven percent received a bonus, and 75% received an increment. However, both values dropped compared to the results in 2022.​​Our Civil report covers the following regions and sectors:​Australia - TransportAustralia - WaterSingapore - Water

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Be interview ready – offshore wind roles

​Discover 10 tips on how to prepare for an offshore wind interview Preparing for a job interview for an opening in the offshore wind industry requires thorough research, an understanding of the industry's unique challenges and requirements, and showcasing your relevant skills and experiences. As talent experts in the energy and infrastructure space, we’ve compiled a checklist for you to use to simplify this process. Here are some reminders to help you prepare effectively and put your best foot forward: ​1 - Research the company and the offshore wind industry: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the company you are interviewing with, including their projects, mission, values, and recent achievements. Additionally, research the offshore wind industry, including current projects in your region, market trends, regulatory frameworks, and key players. ​2 - Review the job descriptionCarefully analyze the job description to identify the key skills, qualifications, and responsibilities required for the role. Note specific technical knowledge or certifications mentioned and consider how your own experiences align with the requirements. ​3 - Showcase your knowledge and experienceDemonstrate your knowledge of the offshore wind industry during the interview. Highlight any relevant experiences you have, such as working on wind energy projects, knowledge of wind turbine technologies, or experience with offshore operations and maintenance. Share specific examples of your contributions and accomplishments in similar roles or projects. ​💡 Added tip! If you come from a different professional background but have landed an interview at an offshore wind-focused company, it's a great opportunity to highlight your transferable skillsets to offshore infrastructure. This is especially useful if you have experience in marine operations, structural engineering, high-voltage electrical engineering, or substation experience. Make sure to shine a light on skills like working with development frameworks, handling grid connections, tackling installation and commissioning tasks, being well-versed in health, safety, and environment (HSE) practices for marine operations, managing contracts, navigating LTSAs and FIDIC contracts, and obtaining permits. Demonstrating your proficiency in these areas will showcase your diverse skillset and show that you're a seasoned professional with plenty of relevant skills for the company. ​4 - Familiarize yourself with offshore wind challenges Be prepared to discuss the unique challenges associated with offshore wind projects, such as challenges in the local supply chain, environmental impact assessments, grid integration, or weather conditions. Showcase your ability to handle these challenges by recounting examples of problem-solving or innovative approaches you have taken in previous roles or projects. ​5 - Understand safety and environmental considerationsOffshore wind projects prioritize safety and environmental considerations. Familiarize yourself with relevant safety standards, regulations, and practices, such as those set by different regional governance. Highlight any safety certifications or training you have completed and demonstrate your commitment to maintaining a safe and sustainable work environment. ​6 - Brush up on technical skills and industry terminologyReview technical skills and knowledge relevant to the offshore wind industry, such as wind turbine technology, power generation, electrical systems, or project management. Be prepared to discuss industry-specific terminology and concepts, showcasing your understanding of the technical aspects of the field. ​7 - Prepare examples of problem-solving and teamwork Be ready to share examples of how you have solved problems, overcame challenges, and have worked effectively in teams. Offshore wind projects often require collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, so highlight your ability to work well in such environments and contribute to achieving project goals. If you have experience working with diverse individuals or overseas teams, make sure you’ve gone through these projects in your head to keep them at the top of your mind. The offshore wind industry is a dynamic and quick-moving one. Being decisive and efficient in decision-making and communication are valued soft skills. ​8 - Anticipate behavioural and situational questionsPrepare for behavioural and situational interview questions that assess your competencies and fit for the role. Practice answering questions that demonstrate your ability to handle pressure, work in diverse teams, communicate effectively, and manage conflicts. ​9 - Have questions ready for the interviewerPrepare thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the specific role, project details, and career development opportunities. This shows your interest in the company and your proactive approach to understanding the role and its expectations. ​10 - Conduct mock interviews and seek feedbackPractice mock interviews with a friend or mentor to refine your responses and gain feedback. This will help you improve your confidence, clarity of expression, and ability to effectively convey your skills and experiences. ​Finally... Remember to dress professionally, arrive early, and maintain a positive and confident demeanour during the interview. By thoroughly preparing and showcasing your knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for the offshore wind industry, you can position yourself as a strong candidate for the role. ​At LVI Associates, we are dedicated to empowering energy and infrastructure professionals to achieve their career goals. By taking the time to truly understand your aspirations, we provide you with unparalleled opportunities in the industry that align with your ambitions. Unlock the door to your future by exploring our latest roles. Register with us today and take the step towards your next career move.

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5 Essential Tips for Hiring in the APAC Energy & Infrastructure Market

​In the highly competitive APAC region's Energy & Infrastructure market, optimizing your interview and hiring process is crucial to attract top talent. Discover our five essential tips below to enhance your hiring process and secure the best candidates for your organization.Engaging InterviewsWhen conducting interviews in the APAC region, showcase enthusiasm and interest to prospective candidates. Ask relevant questions about their interests, experiences, and careers to establish a human connection. For example, when interviewing candidates in Singapore, inquire about their experience in multicultural teams and cross-cultural communication challenges.Maximizing Career Growth OpportunitiesIn the APAC market, candidates value opportunities for career advancement. Highlight the potential for growth within your organization. For instance, discuss the unique opportunities for career advancement in Singapore's rapidly developing infrastructure sector.Enhancing Candidate ExperienceMaintain a positive and professional approach throughout the hiring process. Treat all candidates with respect, providing constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, ensuring candidates feel valued and respected regardless of their background or experience. This is particularly important when interviewing candidates in Taiwan.Flexible Hiring DecisionsIn the competitive APAC market, remain flexible when assessing candidates. Consider creating new roles or adjusting existing ones to accommodate exceptional talent. Showcase the technological advancements and cutting-edge engineering projects in Japan to attract candidates who can contribute to the country's reputation for precision and innovation.Timeliness and DecisivenessIn the fast-paced APAC market, timeliness is crucial. Provide prompt feedback to candidates, keeping them engaged and interested. Streamline internal approval processes to avoid delays. Present competitive offers to prevent candidates from exploring other opportunities.By incorporating these five essential tips, you can significantly improve your hiring process within the APAC Energy & Infrastructure market. To fully maximize your hiring efforts, partner with LVI Associates today. With our extensive network, you will gain access to a diverse pool of top talent in the Energy & Infrastructure industry. Take the first step toward enhancing your hiring endeavors by submitting your vacancy or requesting a call back today. Our dedicated team is prepared to assist you in finding the ideal talent partner that aligns with your organization's needs and goals.​

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Top Tips to Secure Your Dream Engineering Job

​When was the last time you considered a career move? Often when we are working we are focused on the job in hand, and sometimes forget the bigger picture, and that the job market is rapidly changing every day.

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How a talent specialist can widen your career opportunities

Achieving success in a competitive professional field requires leveraging the expert knowledge of a talent specialist who understands both you and your sector. Obtaining a position that puts your abilities to use and offers room for growth can be challenging, however. That’s why having an advocate familiar with the market, organization, and industry is essential for a successful career.   Differentiating yourself from other top professionals can be made easier with the assistance of a talent specialist. Their extensive knowledge of your market, personality, and skill set will enable them to determine the best job for you that matches your skills, culture, renumeration, and development goals.As most senior level roles are exclusively advertised within an organization’s internal network and their talent partner’s network, job boards can provide little more than useful resources to help you begin identifying opportunities and get a general feel for the market. Therefore, it is often the case that professionals with a highly sought-after skillset are approached for a well-matched position when they aren’t necessarily looking for one. So, by seeking the advice of a talent specialist when considering a career move, you will benefit from an expert match-making service within an internal network of hiring organizations, and receive timely, direct feedback. The talent specialist acts as a representative for both you and the hiring company, operating with an understanding that time is precious. They will help to improve the communication process, place you in a strong position to get the most from the opportunities presented, and ensure that the culture of the company you are interested in is aligned with your personality and requirements. After all, a top talent partner’s main goal isn’t to get you into a seat in the office, but to present you with an opportunity in which you can thrive long-term. The power of strong relationshipsA talent specialist will have a strong relationship with the hiring organization and may have even placed other professionals in previous roles, meaning they’ve built up a level of trust and understanding with the people who make up the business. This gives them leverage when advocating for you and provides you with information about the company that you need when making an important career decision. A strong talent partner will have made it their business to know the company inside out and will be able to tell you exactly what they are looking for, rather than giving you generic information that ends up wasting your time.Don’t be afraid to ask questions – a talent specialist is a great source of in-depth market knowledge, giving you access to current industry trends or changes, which can give you the edge should you need to tailor your resume and interview strategy to stand out from the competition.For future referenceNurturing a relationship with a talent specialist can help you secure a position with promising prospects. Even if you don’t find the perfect role on the first try, that relationship will mean you are kept in their mind and in their database for when the perfect opportunity does arise. From resume advice to salary guidance, a talent specialist can update you on the market and show you how to leverage that to find the right role. They can also actively network for non-advertised opportunities that best fit your career goals, while helping you enhance your resume or professional branding, so you are equipped to make a stellar first impression to a prospective employer. Networking with a specialist talent partner can also develop a long-term relationship for future opportunities. In years to come, when you are ready for the next step, that consultant will still understand you, your requirements, and the best next steps available to you. And for you, it’s always a plus to have a rapport with someone who’s helping to steer your future.Experts in the art of selectionTalent partners are selective by nature. Honing the skill over time, they hand-pick the most suitable roles for professionals seeking a new opportunity. Not only does this tailored approach maximize success for all parties involved, but it also helps professionals to recognize the potential in an opportunity they may not have considered on their own, while reducing the competition and creating a higher chance of success. Be open to networking with talent specialists when you may not be actively looking; the best opportunities can often pop up when you’re least expecting it.The inside scoopAt senior level, opportunities are not always advertised through traditional mediums. Specialist talent consultants are privy to a range of positions that only they and the organizations’ internal networks are aware of. This could be especially useful in situations where the vacancies that suit your skill set are few and far between.Leading businesses often utilize a talent partner because it’s a more efficient way for them to hire the right person. Therefore, rather than hunting for opportunities that may not be visible online, you could save considerable time working with a talent specialist.Working in your interestsApproaching a job search can be daunting, but a great talent partner offers a wealth of knowledge on the state of the current job market and your specific industry. Once they get to know you and what you’re looking for, their only objective is to place you in the role that is right for you. Once they have a clear idea of what you have to offer both professionally and personally, a talent partner can help you present a strong resume to any hiring company that meet your needs. It is therefore imperative to be open and honest with your talent specialist, taking the time to clearly define your needs and expectations.Liaising with a talent partner can help increase the efficiency of your search. When you succeed, they succeed, and so it’s important to remember that they are truly there to work in your best interests, with your long-term career trajectory in mind. In the same way that networking is often less effective if you just ramp up your activity when you want a job, reaching out to a talent specialist and building a relationship with them over time could help you secure better opportunities in the future.We partner closely with senior-level professionals with elite skillsets to enable their careers now and in the future. If you would like our help to find your next opportunity,  get in touch today.

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How to get the most out of a long and challenging interview process

​Interviewing, particularly for senior-executive level positions, will often entail a rigorous process that includes a lot of prep, energy, and tough technical questions to assess if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle the role. In certain instances, you may even be invited to attend an all-day interview, which entails multiple rounds of exchanges with stakeholders and HR managers to determine how your skillset and character might fit into the company. This type of interview is of course intended to challenge you in a variety of ways, but while it can be tough, it is a valuable experience and an opportunity to get to know the company and the people who make it.If you are called to one of these marathon interviews, it’s important to set yourself up for success in advance, which doesn’t just mean pouring over interview questions and company information. Taking care of yourself both mentally and physically in the run up to such an exciting but demanding opportunity is equally as important as preparing your answers in that fatigue and stress can quickly derail your efforts. This article will guide you to set yourself up for a positive outcome when approaching a long and challenging interview process, whether it’s a job offer or a valuable experience to carry with you for next time. The full pictureBeing called for an interview is a great feeling. It affirms that your resume has hit the mark and that the hiring manager wants to find out more about what you have to offer. The interview itself can challenge you in ways you might not have expected, and in some cases can be a long and demanding process both mentally and physically, but it’s important to remember that if you’re not being challenged, the role might not offer you the right level of growth and development that will keep you fulfilled. Essentially, it’s not supposed to be a breeze.In particular, the idea of an all-day interview can be extremely intimidating, and a certain level of nerves can be a good thing. Single interviews are challenging in their own way, but are typically over in about an hour, while an all-day interview is an entirely different ball game involving meeting with several senior stakeholders within a company to gain different perspectives on your suitability. Depending on the role you are applying for, all-day interviews can come in a range of formats. For example, they may involve a mixture of exercises relevant to your role, plus general tests to check your culture fit, such as personality and IQ tests. This means that you are being tested on things that you can prepare for and traits that are innate to you. Therefore, while reading up on information that can support your professional assessment is one way to prepare, you’ll also need to start the day well rested and calm in order to present the best version of the full picture. Be prepared These interview processes are designed to push you out of your comfort zone and so preparation will be your greatest ally to help you keep your cool and put your best foot forward. Your potential new employers are attempting to gain a full picture of what you are about, from your skills and experience to your attitude and cultural fit and so however talented, experienced, and confident you are in your fit for the role, there will be elements of the process that will challenge you, demanding thorough preparation. Here are some tips to help you to prepare before you walk through the door. Request a scheduleThis is vital in terms of mentally preparing for an all-day interview. Knowing how the day will be laid out will help you get into the headspace of what is expected from you, helping to keep you calm and avoiding anything that might throw you off. You may have four very long interviews, or twelve very short interviews. Whatever the format, you need to make sure you are mentally prepared for what you are facing, and pace yourself around those all-important breaks. Request this a few days before your interview to give the employer time to check everyone’s schedules. Find out the names and job titles of each of your interviewersLook up their LinkedIn pages and find out their experience and expertise, and what relationship they may have with you if you win the position. If they are thought leaders, read their articles and blogs to find out their views on your industry. Researching your interviewers means you can find out how you can relate to them both personally and professionally, which will make them easier to engage with on the day. Prepare questions for your employer A day-long interview is an opportunity for you to get an impression of the institution you are hoping to work for from several angles. Think of all the information you want to gain from the different interviews and ensure you have prepared questions to ask each of them. This also takes the pressure off yourself during each interview and allows for breathing space. And in addition, your interviewers will appreciate the variation in conversation. Gather your examples and stories Prepare some notes on your most notable career achievements. Numbers work best, particularly if you’re short on time, so if your department contributed to a 20% increase in revenue, keep that number in mind. Think of your best and most impactful anecdotes, too - an example of a successful negotiation, a challenge where you were the lead problem solver, a project you managed from conception to launch. And don’t forget to let your personality shine through when telling your story as a good company will be looking for a good mix of skills and character.Stay refreshed The demanding nature of the all-day interview means you need to plan ahead and make sure you are equipped with the right items to keep you feeling fresh and help you stay mentally focused until the end. In most cases you will be offered plenty of chances to hydrate throughout the day, bring a flask of water or coffee is a good idea and will help you to stay alert. Much like a real marathon, these days require stamina, so plan your fuel to keep your brain sharp and keep your energy up between interviews. Choose healthy yet filling snacks like granola bars or fruit and avoid a sugar rush as the slump will be sure to follow. Also, be careful with caffeine. If you rely on it, regulate your coffee throughout the day to avoid any crashes in the afternoon.Having a mid-day freshen up can work wonders for your energy and focus. Packing sanitary items such as hand/face wipes, deodorant/perfume, and mouthwash may give you the reset you need, particularly after food and coffee, and will help to send you into the second half of the day feeling more awake. In addition, packing a comb or hairbrush will help you to remain presentable, which will make you feel better, too.It may be tempting to sit and scroll on your phone in between interviews, but getting fresh air and going for a walk, if you can, will help keep you mentally clear. Gentle physical exercise keeps your blood flowing, prevents tiredness and is the best way to keep fatigue at bay. Try to take a proper break without speculation and analysis of how the day is going. Your brain can’t work at full speed all day - try to slow it down and give it a rest before it goes back into full speed at the next interview. Meditation is known as a hugely beneficial practice in instances like these.Approach each interview consistently It is natural that you will exhibit both strengths and weaknesses throughout the day, and it can be difficult to approach the final interviews with the same energy as the first, but it is vital you remain consistent. Keep in mind that even though this is a marathon for you, your meeting with each interviewer is a stand-alone hour or two for them, so try to keep up with pace. Remember to shake the hand of each interviewer, introduce yourself, and be prepared to repeat yourself a few times throughout the day, however tiring it may seem. End each interview on a positive note about how you are excited to interview for the position, reiterate why you believe you are the ideal date, and that you look forward to hearing from them. However, keep in mind that your interviewers will be comparing notes, so avoid telling the same story and highlighting the same achievements during each interview, or you may risk giving the impression that your experience is more limited than it is. During your research process, think of the best information you have which will be relevant for each position. For example, the Head of Marketing may be engaged with examples where you have shown creativity or solved problems, whereas a sales director will be more interested in figures and percentages. A HR figure will be more interested to hear about your management skills, or a story about dealing with a difficult employee. Again, preparation is key.Stay on your A game Everyone is in the same boat over the course of an all-day interview. Talking for hours in a high-stakes situation can be mentally exhausting, and a mix of anxiety and disinterest can creep in, which is only natural regardless of how passionately you want the job offer. After the initial rush of your first interview, you may be facing fatigue, while your intention was to remain positive, confident, and enthusiastic throughout the day. A good way to avoid showing signs of fatigue during later interviews is to be mindful of your body language. Keep in mind that you should be enthusiastic with your gestures; lean forward towards your interviewer and show your passion for what you do through how you move as well as what you say. If you’re tired towards the end of the day, try to avoid speaking flatly and don’t forget to remain sitting up straight, as this will make you both appear and feel alert and passionate about the topic. The majority of all-day interviews will include a break for lunch mid-way through. Not only is this a chance to get a preview of the company canteen and how people interact during their break, it’s also the perfect opportunity to socialize with your possible new co-workers in an informal setting. Though you may need to refresh, you may also view your lunch break as another kind of interview relating to your cultural and personality fit. Your interviewers will be taking note of your social manner, and whether you are easy to communicate with. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and discover more about the company in a more casual setting.Make notes before calling it a day​Remember how you took notes during each interview? At the end of a marathon interview day, you will likely feel completely spent. But don’t give in immediately. Make yourself sit down at your computer or take notes longhand about the points your interviewers emphasized. It’s great if you can be organized about this, but stream of consciousness is fine too, if that’s all you can muster. This is a way to debrief yourself while the information is fresh. Finally, use this to send a personalized email to each interviewer the same day, and thank them by reflecting on something about your conversation and express continued interest. ​These are sure-fired ways to increase your chances of successfully getting through to the next stage, and one step closer to your dream job. ​For more advice on how to successfully navigate your way through a marathon interview process, our expert team at LVI Associates is here to help. Contact the team today and one of our specialist consultants will be in touch.

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How to Decide if a Job Offer is Worth Taking

​A job offer is a great accomplishment, especially if you have devoted a significant amount of effort to crafting resumes and cover letters, studying potential employers and positions, preparing for presentations, and attending interviews, especially for higher-level positions. However, before making a final commitment, there are some essential factors to contemplate.A job offer should be accepted with a mindful approach as your working day and even personal life will be profoundly impacted. Your commute length, the availability of leave, and the work-life balance of the job should all be carefully weighed. After all, the quality of your life is contingent on your decisions.Before accepting an offer, take a moment to consider the following: Will this role impact your finances, work-life balance, and future? This guide helps answer all these questions, which will help you when deciding whether to accept, reject, or negotiate the offer.Am I happy with the salary offered?One of the headline aspects of a job offer to be considered is the salary on the table. Depending on where you are in your career, your salary should reflect your capabilities and overall worth within the job market, and ideally at least 10% above your current salary package. Using websites such as Glassdoor and Payscale to research equivalent salaries can you help you ensure you’re getting offered the right amount. There are other important aspects to a job offer to consider, but if the salary is lower than expected, then you may need to enter negotiations. Though a lower base salary may be offered, overall salary may be supplemented through bonuses or commission. Perks such as subsidized health care and childcare may also be included in the package, creating a mutually beneficial deal.The role may offer you a salary that is initially disappointing but puts you on a guaranteed and exciting career track with a larger reward in the near future. Also, consider the satisfaction of the job if you are offered a big step-up in pay. What demands will this new role put on you? While an impressive new wage can be attractive, it may weigh lightly against the additional stress and pressure that comes from an increase in responsibility. It’s good to be challenged from a new role, but not at the expense of your long-term happiness, so it’s important to find the balance between financial compensation and quality of life.What are the benefits?Alongside the salary, look at the break down of benefits and perks offered by the new position. If these aren’t outlined fully in your job offer, request the full details from the hiring manager. Some companies offer bumper benefits packages, which can be considered as valuable as your initial salary package. Look at the following benefits when evaluating a job offer: Annual leave - is there a generous allowance for paid time away from the office? Does the role have a good pension? What is the employer contribution to your pension? How good is the health insurance provided by the company? What does it cover, specifically? Does the role provide large money-saving perks, such as a company car, subsidized childcare, or paid memberships?How will the role affect my work-life balance?​Work-life balance is extremely important not only to your happiness, but also to your health, relationships, and even your success within your role. Consider the responsibilities of the role - are the day-to-day tasks stimulating and satisfying to you? Do they encompass the positive aspects of your previous role where you experienced success and growth? Will they challenge you to develop new skills/areas of expertise or are the tasks simply outside of your expertise or interests? Think about how the job will slot into your life, and how much control you will have over your work-life balance within the role. ​A large element to consider is whether the role offers flexible working, which may be particularly important if you have children. A role that allows employees to build their hours around their family obligations and provides regular opportunities to work from home can be far more appealing than a role that pays more but provides no flexibility. The commute also needs to be considered when evaluating a role for work-life balance. Is the role in a hard-to-reach location? Will you be dealing with daily traffic jams? Is the role reachable by public transport? How much will the commute cost in train tickets or petrol and parking? A job that requires a lot of travel can be exciting but can have a negative impact on your work-life balance as it can be tiring, costly, and time-consuming. If a lot of the role is spent ‘on the road’, you will need to consider how this will affect your quality of life long-term.​Am I a good cultural fit?​Hopefully, during your application and interview process, you will have had a taste of the company culture at your potential new organization. Review the business’s employer branding materials, their social media accounts, and testimonials on sites such as Glassdoor for more information. Your work environment is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to accept a job offer. You will be spending around 40 hours a week there, so think carefully about whether that prospect makes you excited or anxious. Regardless of the job title, salary, or perks, accepting a job offer from a company where you will be glad to spend your time is what’s most important to your health and happiness.​Lean into your intuition and consider any potential red flags you may have identified. In some instances, it may be appropriate to request another visit to the office to talk to team members before saying ‘yes’ to the offer, or you may request another more informal chat with your manager to ask any lingering cultural questions. This may help you to get a good sense of the types of personalities within the company, and find out how the office operates and where you would fit in. Are teams encouraged to work collaboratively, or do they tend to work as individuals? Is there good camaraderie within the team? How do they support each other? Ask for examples to get the best understanding. ​Can I work well with my peers?​The people you work with, and indeed those you report to, can make or break a role. It is vital to your overall enjoyment of your job that you are working with people who bring out the best in you, as well as a team that will be receptive to your attempts to bring something new and beneficial to the company.​When considering a job offer, try to find out who you will be reporting to and who will be reporting to you. It is likely that the former will have been involved in the hiring process, but if you haven’t met them, you may want to arrange a meeting or a phone call to discover more about their leadership style while you consider a job offer. Ask what would be expected of you in terms of delivery and performance and run through a typical week within your team. If the ideas and working style of those around and above you don’t run alongside your own you may want to reconsider taking the job offer and keep on looking.​Does it advance my career?​You’re already on the job hunt, so your career progression will naturally be on your mind at this point. You may have an offer for a role that advances your career immediately, but the move could be a bad decision in the long term. Does the current job offer allow for further growth of your skills and talents? Or are you moving into a position that may lack the challenge you need in order to develop? It’s a good idea to investigate the training and networking opportunities provided by the role. Do you have time in your role to learn new skills, or attend sector conferences that will keep you informed of trends in the market? Does the business have a budget reserved for career development and further education of its employees? ​LinkedIn is a good website to research this. You can look into the career paths of current and former employees and see how those within the company have progressed either internally or through new roles. You may want to reconsider a job offer for a role where there is little progression or growth, or from a company that has no immediate growth plans, or any career development programs. On the other hand, you may wish to include this in your negotiation process.​Am I happy I got the job?​Now that you have considered the salary, the benefits, your work-life balance, the culture, your colleagues, and your career development goals, the final element to consider is your general ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to considering the job offer. Are you ecstatic to get the offer, or do you have your reservations? If you are reading this, there’s probably a reason you are taking your time to make a decision. Of course, there may be more personal factors at play that may incentivize you to accept a role quickly, but it is worth taking your time to consider how the prospect of starting this new position truly makes you feel. ​No job offer will be perfect, but it is important to trust your gut when an offer comes through, even if it just sparks some more honest negotiations. If you are unhappy with the lack of flexibility within the role or have doubts about opportunities for development, it may be better in the long-term to turn down the offer. Trust your instinct and intuition. If something is telling you taking the role is a bad idea, write up a list of pros and cons and weigh them up. ​Moving jobs is a big decision that affects many aspects of your life and steers your future. If you are unsure, it is always worth speaking to a trusted advisor, like our specialist consultants at LVI Associates, who will guide you through every step of the process. Get in touch for tailored advice.

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Acing your interview

Now that you are this outstanding applicant who received an interview opportunity. Be prepared and get ready to ace your interview with the below tips at the different stages:Pre-interviewDuring the interviewPost-interview​Pre-interviewResearch the prospective company.Bring your portfolio and any work samples.Be proactive and prepare in advance any questions to ask the hiring manager:We have previously mentioned that tenure is important for companies. Leverage the Q&A session to demonstrate that you are looking to build your career with the new employer. Ask questions about the company and their career plan for you. Check if the company has any mentorship programs to help progress your career and if there are any mentors/role models to learn from. Find out if the company has any equity scheme for employees. Asking the right questions can help convey your desire to have a long-term career with the company you’re interviewing for. ​During the interview​Explaining gaps in a CV It’s important to be transparent. According to a survey from LinkedIn, 96% of hiring managers will still hire someone who has been made redundant due to Covid-19, so don’t be afraid to share this information.  An interview is the opportunity to tell your story and get to know the hiring manager. Be prepared to share what you have achieved during time off – that can be independent consulting work, enhancing your skillsets (technical/software skills) or advancing your learning.   ​Salary - How to avoid overselling or underselling?​Step 1Identify what is important to you before heading into the interview, whether that is a higher salary, better benefits, or flexibility at work. That will impact your salary expectation.Step 2Always try to avoid answering this question. But how? Instead, reply with:"I have a full understanding of your company and the role. I would like to think/speak to my family before I come back to you by tomorrow.”"If you have never received a job description, “Can you please share the job description with me so that I can better gate the salary expectation for a role like this?”“I am looking for a salary that is reflective of my skillset. What would someone with a similar background in your company receive?”Step 3Do not give a salary range – the last thing you want is to be on the bottom rank. Give a number that you feel is feasible and competitive in the market. Currently, the market salary increment average is around 3%-6%. Opening a discussion about flexible/hybrid workWe highly advise to not discuss working from home or flexible working arrangements in the first interview. With interview processes usually around 2-3 rounds, the 2nd or final interview will be the best time to ask about flexible work arrangements. ​Rather than asking directly, you could reframe a question to “What are the current working arrangements for the team?” or “Is the current team mostly working from the office”. By rephrasing the questions, this can come across as an expression of interest for the working style and how the team operates instead of demanding the right to work from home.​Working from home or flexible work is a fairly new concept. If the arrangements have been agreed, it’s important to get this included in the contract or have written confirmation in an email when the offer letter is sent.   The must-ask question: why are you leaving your current company? It’s crucial not to speak badly about your current or ex-employers. Always turn it back into positive, you could say something along the lines of: “Everything is fine and pretty good in my current/previous company. I am looking to move because your company is the leader in the market. I want to learn from the best leader to broaden my horizon and further expand my skill set to grow within your company.” Use your research, “I want to be part of this new project that your company is doing. I believe my skill set can add value to the team/project.”  By answering smartly, it shows:You are really interested in the company.You are passionate about what they do.You are knowledgeable about the market.You have done the research and you know about their company. Post-interview Always follow up – drop a note to share your gratitude and connect with a hiring manager on LinkedIn. It’s advantageous for a hiring manager to remember you so you can establish a relationship – which is useful for referrals.​Ready? It is time.​Submit your CV to our Australia Engineering recruitment consultant team to explore your next career opportunities.SUBMIT CV​Take a step backStay Close, Stay Competitive - Top practical tips to secure your dream engineering job in AustraliaIn a highly competitive market standing out from the crowds is never easy, but it can make all the difference between success or failure. This begs the question, how can you differentiate yourself from others? Grab a copy of our tips Guide in full by filling out the form below:​​​

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